The KwaZulu-Natal school teacher charged with killing his teenage girlfriend and her mother for allegedly cheating on him has been declared a danger to society and witnesses.
As a result, Maqhawe Buhlebuyeza Nkosi (37), a teacher at Ndukende Secondary School in KwaMaphumulo village near Durban, was denied bail on Thursday by the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court.
Nkosi allegedly shot dead Khethiwe Xulu, 19, and her mother Makhosi Mkhize, 36, in their homestead in the KwaSobho village, according to the charge sheet.
It is alleged that the teacher had a relationship with Xulu, who was a pupil at the same school.
They had a three-year-old child together. The charge sheet states that the killing of Xulu and her mother was triggered by Nkosi suspecting that she [Xulu] was cheating with another pupil and wanted to end their relationship.
On the night of July 7, the teacher allegedly went to the pupil’s home. It is alleged that upon arrival at the homestead he met the mother who refused to allow him to enter the homestead.
He then shot her dead before killing her daughter and fleeing the scene.
The provincial education department has promised to hunt down all teachers suspected of being romantically involved with pupils.
“We condemn any teacher who has a learner as his sexual partner. The law is clear; it is a dismissable offence to be involved in a romantic relationship with a learner. Any teacher found doing that must face the full might of the law,” said education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana.
Prosecutor Zandile Shezi told the court that granting Nkosi bail would affect the state’s case.
“The state would like to oppose bail because the accused has made threats to witnesses. I submit that if he is granted bail the lives of the witnesses will be in great danger,” said Shezi.
Shezi also submitted that Nkosi had no permanent address and it would be difficult to trace him if he was released.
Defence lawyer Jazzman Makhombothi said his client was going to plead not guilty to all the charges against him.
“We have sufficient evidence to show that the accused never committed the crime[s],” said Makhombothi.